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Gordon Campbell on what’s wrong with Wellington

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 12:54 pm | Gordon Campbell

A s a rule, expectations tend to be as low about Wellington weather as they are about the workings of central government – which makes this place such an ideal choice as the nation’s seat of power. After all, the subtext of “You can’t ... More >>

DOC alert after penguins ignore police, return to sushi shop

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 10:26 am | RNZ

Department of Conservation rangers are on high alert for 'penguin call-outs' after they've been spotted waddling around Wellington. More >>

PM "utterly disagrees" with Trump attack on US congresswomen

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 10:18 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned comments made by the US President attacking four Democratic congresswomen and says she utterly disagrees with him. More >>



Crucial carbon reduction recommendations due tomorrow

Monday, 15 July 2019, 6:59 pm | BusinessDesk

July 15 (BusinessDesk) - Crucial recommendations affecting the New Zealand farming and electricity sectors are due for release by the government's Interim Climate Change Committee tomorrow (Tuesday) in Wellington. More >>

Mobil must pay over employee wage deduction for drive-offs

Monday, 15 July 2019, 5:21 pm | RNZ

A South Auckland petrol station will have to pay more than $20,000 for making its employees pay for fuel stolen in drive-offs. More >>

Youth climate strikers seek trade union support

Monday, 15 July 2019, 5:17 pm | RNZ

Organisers of the School Strike for Climate have begun contacting unions to get their support for a general strike at the end of September. More >>

Cook statue graffiti raises necessary kōrero - councillor

Monday, 15 July 2019, 3:48 pm | RNZ

A statue of Captain James Cook has been vandalised in Gisborne, causing a stir online. More >>

MBIE suspends Aust-based building products certifier

Monday, 15 July 2019, 3:14 pm | RNZ

Queensland-based CertMark International had failed to meet the requirements of New Zealand's leading Codemark certification scheme, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said. More >>

Peters insists focus remains on Australia deportation policy

Monday, 15 July 2019, 1:01 pm | RNZ

The Foreign Minister insists New Zealand has not given up on trying to get Australia to relax its deportation policy, despite not raising the matter today. More >>

$1m Compensation To Christchurch Gun Owners In First Event

Monday, 15 July 2019, 9:24 am | RNZ

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. More >>

England Wins Cricket World Cup after Super Over

Monday, 15 July 2019, 9:11 am | RNZ

New Zealand have cruelly lost the Cricket World Cup final after a Super Over - a decider more usually associated with the shorter Twenty20 format of the game. The Super Over consists of one over (six balls) for each team. If it is used, the winning ... More >>

Blunt O’Connor indicates Govt’s mind made up over ETS

Sunday, 14 July 2019, 1:43 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has given yet another indication ministers have all but decided to put agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme. More >>

Stewardship land seems stuck in limbo along with mining ban

Sunday, 14 July 2019, 1:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Department of Conservation says it is taking a “new approach” to stewardship land on the West Coast, but it appears plans for a methodical review of all such land in the conservation estate have been quietly shelved. More >>

The Resigning Ambassador: Sir Kim Darroch on Donald Trump

Saturday, 13 July 2019, 3:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Rarely do ambassadors resign after an intense self-assessment of worth. Diplomatic immunity does not merely extend to protecting the official from the reach of local laws; it encourages a degree of freedom in engaging as a country’s representative. ... More >>

Donald Trump’s Diplomatic Copy Book

Friday, 12 July 2019, 7:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Cue the shots, take the snaps: US President Donald Trump was back entertaining his fetish with firm handshakes proclaiming the making of history in the last round of discussions with Kim Jong-un. The press were, despite periodic attacks of bafflement, ... More >>

Requirement That There Be Some Basis for Any Foreign Bases

Friday, 12 July 2019, 2:51 pm | David Swanson

U.S. House of Representatives Creates Requirement That There Be Some Basis for Any Foreign Bases More >>

Wales v NZ: Battle for steepest street title

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 4:46 pm | RNZ

The leader of a Welsh bid to snatch the title of world's steepest street from Dunedin's Baldwin Street is worried the lack of documents on the construction of the 1000-year-old road will thwart them. More >>

New council boss leaving behind a struggling council in UK

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 1:33 pm | RNZ

The new chief executive of the Christchurch City Council has resigned from a council in England that has been criticised in a government-ordered report. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks’ latest fee hike excuse

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 11:52 am | Gordon Campbell

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves (so that the banking system could survive a crisis in future without a taxpayer bailout and without raiding the deposit accounts ... More >>

Auditor-General clears Shane Jones over conflict of interest

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 11:27 am | RNZ

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has been cleared over his handling of a conflict of interest but he did confuse the situation, the Auditor-General says. More >>

Heavy fog disrupts flights at Auckland airport

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 10:43 am | RNZ

Almost 50 flights have been cancelled from Auckland Airport because of fog, and others are delayed. More >>

Black Caps shock semi-final win over India 'stunning'

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 9:33 am | RNZ

Sports media around the world have praised New Zealand's shock victory over India to read the Cricket World Cup final, saying the Black Caps have produced the bowling performance of the tournament. More >>

Officer used police database to find driver blocking his car

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 5:20 pm | RNZ

A police officer has been disciplined for using the national database to track down the owner of a vehicle blocking his parked car. More >>

IRD botches tax assessment for some BNZ customers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 3:45 pm | RNZ

Human error at Inland Revenue has resulted in as many as 45,000 Bank of New Zealand customers being issued incomplete tax statements and possibly incorrect tax demands. More >>

Out of Kilter: National Security and Press Freedoms

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 2:12 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian society relishes secrecy and surveillance. Forget the laid-back, relaxed demeanour that remains the great fiction of a confected identity; like all such creations, the trace should not be mistaken as the tendency. The political culture of Australia ... More >>

NGOs struggle to retain social workers after Govt pay rise

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 1:08 pm | RNZ

A growing pay gap between community social workers and their government-agency counterparts is putting programmes for vulnerable families at risk. More >>

Rare Wellington snails under threat from mountain bikers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 12:31 pm | RNZ

A rare type of snail only found on a specific hill in Wellington is being threatened by mountain bikers' unauthorised trails, an ecological group says. More >>

Germany's Politics: The Latest Developments

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 12:21 pm | Tikkun

Tikkun magazine's Berlin correspondent Victor Grossman presents the latest developments in Germany's politics More >>

Auckland Airport Restrictions Lifted After Fog Distruption

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 12:14 pm | RNZ

Fog restrictions have been lifted at Auckland Airport after low-lying heavy mist caused flight delays in the city... The Transport Agency said patches of fog have reduced visibility on some roads and drivers should keep their lights on and increase ... More >>

Gun licences give to 639 people with Australian convictions

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 12:05 pm | RNZ

Two people were shot dead in the past decade by people who had a New Zealand firearms licence despite having been convicted of crimes in Australia. More >>

Mosque shooting victim feels let down by ministers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:51 am | RNZ

A witness of the Christchurch mosque shootings says he feels let down by ministers for not allowing ACC to help mentally traumatised victims. More >>

Immigration NZ restructure only saved half what was promised

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:47 am | RNZ

Redundancy payouts to 250 staff at Immigration New Zealand have cost almost $8 million - and the restructure has achieved a fraction of the savings it set out to. More >>

Government That Tortures Journalists Bans RT From Media Conf

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 9:21 am | Caitlin Johnstone

The British Foreign Office has banned Russian outlets RT and Sputnik from attending the upcoming Global Conference on Media Freedom in London, citing their predilection for "disinformation". More >>

Immigration NZ 'grey-listing' advisers who make complaints

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 5:22 pm | RNZ

Immigration advisers and lawyers are describing a climate of fear where they feel targeted for speaking out, with alerts being put on their records after they make complaints. More >>

Child custody case calls Hague Convention into question

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 4:05 pm | RNZ

The Court of Appeal is set to reconsider the way New Zealand courts deal with the Hague Convention. More >>

The Limited Mind: Why Fear is Driving Humanity to Extinction

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 2:05 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

I have previously written many articles describing one or more aspects of the dysfunctional nature of the typical human mind, together with an explanation of how this came about and what we can do about it. See, for example, many of the articles republished in ... More >>

Australia's Pacific security hub to set up in Canberra

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 12:44 pm | RNZ

Australia will establish its planned Pacific security hub in Canberra, while it looks at a possible permanent location in the region. More >>

Invoice fraud using intercepted emails on the rise

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 12:39 pm | RNZ

Increasing numbers of people are being defrauded out of large sums of money by scammers accessing the email accounts of legitimate businesses. More >>

Asbestos court victory over ACC after lung cancer death

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 12:23 pm | RNZ

The family of a woman who died of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos says their victory over ACC in the High Court is bittersweet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand First’s stellar balancing act

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 11:52 am | Gordon Campbell

At this point, New Zealand First needs to more than double its current poll numbers to survive beyond Election Day, 2020… but that’s what Winston Peters is so very good at doing, once an election campaign begins in earnest. (No-one has ever accused ... More >>

Massive urban pest eradication effort launched

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 11:00 am | RNZ

The country's largest ever effort to eradicate introduced pests from an urban area has begun in Wellington. The $2.4 million project from Predator Free Wellington aims to eliminate rodents, possums and mustelids from Miramar peninsula by Christmas. More >>

Wellington consultation as bus network woes continue

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 10:49 am | RNZ

A year after a revamp of Wellington's bus network threw routes and services into disarray, the regional council is consulting with the public to try and fix it. More >>

Long queues outside MSD ‘shocking’ but not norm - minister

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 10:28 am | RNZ

There is no need for beneficiaries to queue at 2am outside a social welfare office in the rain to get help from advocates for hardship grants and it's wrong for people to feel they need to, says Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 10:23 am | Ramzy Baroud

Those who are still hoping that the new American agenda on Palestine and Israel is temporary, or reversible, should abandon this false hope. Washington’s complete adoption of Israel’s messianic, extremist policies regarding Occupied Palestine ... More >>

Suspending Chris Williamson - The Fury And The Fakery

Monday, 8 July 2019, 2:24 pm | Media Lens

June 26, the Labour Party lifted the suspension of pro-Corbyn MP Chris Williamson, triggering a maximum effort propaganda blitz designed to reverse the decision. More >>

World Bank to prioritise Pacific climate change resilience

Monday, 8 July 2019, 12:59 pm | RNZ

The World Bank will prioritise climate change resilience when working with Australia and New Zealand on their Pacific engagement programmes. More >>

Education Minister refuses 'crisis' meeting with ECE groups

Monday, 8 July 2019, 12:41 pm | RNZ

Four groups representing early childhood centres and kindergartens are seeking an urgent meeting with Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More >>

US Foreign Policy Is A War On Disobedience

Monday, 8 July 2019, 12:09 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

In an excellent new essay titled " We’re Not the Good Guys -- Why Is American Aggression Missing in Action? ", Tom Engelhardt criticizes the way western media outlets consistently describe the behavior of disobedient nations like Iran as "aggressions", ... More >>

NZTA chose American IT firm over cheaper NZ firms

Monday, 8 July 2019, 10:32 am | RNZ

The internal investigation shows a lot more attention was paid to the Texan multinational than to the locals, who were not given the chance to bid. More >>

Central Auckland street reopens after panel fall

Monday, 8 July 2019, 9:56 am | RNZ

One of the roads in central Auckland that's been closed since a panel fell off an apartment building in bad weather is due to reopen tonight [Sunday 7 July]. More >>

Dressed for the Fourth of July: The US Imperium Comes Out

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 4:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The United States of Amnesia has occasionally found expression amongst those despairing at the state of historical consciousness in Freedom’s Land. Gore Vidal remains something of its high priest, his writings a pertinent scolding about what went wrong ... More >>

AG latest to say the marine reserve system is broken

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 4:55 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Office of the Auditor-General is the latest body to argue reform of marine reserve legislation and wider marine biodiversity management is needed if NZ is to lift the area covered by marine reserves. More >>

Jones speaks in favour of gene editing

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 4:52 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has spoken in favour of gene editing technologies to help reduce agricultural emissions and said more tree planting is needed to buy time for emissions reductions elsewhere. More >>

EA Chair casts further doubt on renewable energy target

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 4:49 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electricity Authority Chairman Brent Layton says moving to 100% renewable generation will be difficult to achieve while maintaining current levels of reliability and affordability. More >>

Sort out water rights says OECD

Sunday, 7 July 2019, 4:46 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Sorting out iwi (tribal)/Māori rights to water in order to expand water pricing or permit trading to improve water quality and allocation should be a key environmental priority for the Government says the OECD report on the NZ economy. More >>

Details of gun buyback scheme revealed

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 4:34 pm | RNZ

Police have revealed details of how the gun buyback process will work at a public demonstration today. More >>

Going Nuclear in the Antipodes

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 3:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The antipodes has had a fraught relationship with the nuclear option. At the distant ends of the earth, New Zealand took a stand against the death complex, assuming the forefront of restricting the deployment of nuclear assets in its proximity. This ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the usual grumbling over screen subsidies

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

Ultimately, we seem to have won this production largely because of the mature film industry infrastructure that New Zealand has built on the back of those previously subsidized productions. For example: we now have the studio sound stages that Scotland ... More >>

Debunking the rumors about Russia caving in to Israel

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 12:34 pm | The Vineyard of the Saker

This Spring saw a sudden increase in the volume of articles in the so-called “alternative media and blogosphere” about Putin “selling out” Syria or Iran to the Israelis and their US patrons, or both. What was particularly interesting about this campaign ... More >>

PM suports climate emergency; Council taken to court

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 5:29 pm | RNZ

The government supports declaring a climate change emergency in Parliament but redtape got in the way of doing so, the prime minister says. More >>